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Chris Paul ($7,700) vs Nuggets– Chris Paul was great in the Thunder’s first game in the bubble on Saturday vs the Jazz. In 27 minutes he put up 18 PTS 7 REB and 7 AST which was good for 40.25 FPTS. He was efficient from the field as well, 7/11, and it looks like OKC picked right back up where they left off before the season was shut down. In Paul’s last game vs the Nuggets on 2/21 he scored 29 points and looked in total control. I like CP3 in this matchup vs a Denver team that doesn’t have its full arsenal of weapons on both ends of the floor.
Jordan Clarkson ($4,900) vs Lakers– The Jazz are in dire need for scoring with the absence of Bojan Bogdanovic, and it looks like Jordan Clarkson is going to be that guy for them. He is still coming off of the bench but in 2 games since the resumption of play he has taken 34 total shots. He hasn’t been incredibly efficient but if he plays like he did night 1 with 23 PTS and 5 REB on 8/17 shooting that should be fine. We are looking for around 35 FPTS from Clarkson at this price and if he gets hot it will be great for us considering the amount of shots and opportunities he has. With all the high scoring games going on in Orlando, Clarkson is someone that could benefit the most.
Tobias Harris ($8,600) vs Spurs– Tobias Harris isn’t going to jump off the page when you see him but in terms of offense he is 2nd behind Joel Embiid in scoring and consistently gets up 20 or so shots per game. He started off his Orlando bubble by scoring 30 PTS with 8 REB and shooting 29 times in 37 minutes. While we can’t expect him to shoot this much we can still expect him to have a high volume of shots. San Antonio is also a bottom tier defensive team this season and in 1 start vs them this year Harris was able to score 46 FPTS by putting up 26 PPG 6 REB and 4 AST. Look for Harris to have a big night tonight vs the Spurs.
Rui Hachimura ($5,800) vs Pacers– The Wizards are down a lot of players in the Orlando bubble, most notably Bradley Beal, John Wall, and Davis Bertans. That leaves a lot of room for other players to step up and Rui Hachimura has looked like he could be one of the main beneficiaries. He shined in their first game with 21 PTS and 8 REB and even though he fell off in their game yesterday I’m not too worried. He was still able to put together 23 FPTS with less than 10 PTS and only 6 shots. He has been praised for his abilities and it has been reported that he has the “green light” on offense. I think Hachimura has a lot of upside this afternoon vs Indiana.
Myles Turner ($6,100) vs Wizards– Myles Turner didn’t get the chance to get things going vs the 76ers in the Pacers first game on Saturday due to foul trouble, but against the Wizards I think that will change. The Wizards rank in the bottom 3 of all defensive categories and Turner should have the advantage vs Washington center Thomas Bryant on their 2ndgame of a back-to-back. He won’t “wow” anybody with the scoring numbers but he is one of the best shot blockers in the league and without Domantas Sabonis in the Pacers lineup the rebounds should be there for Turner.
Alex Caruso ($3,400) vs Jazz– The player I like the most under $4,000 today is backup Lakers point guard Alex Caruso. With Avery Bradley opting out Caruso has seen his minutes increase playing 24 and 28 minutes in the Lakers first two games in the bubble. He hasn’t been extremely productive but he was able to score in double-digits vs the Raptors with 22 FPTS. He looked good in the scrimmages before the restart and given the amount of minutes he has been playing I think it is only a matter of time before we see Caruso have a big game off the bench.